Walnut and Cranberry Pilaf/Pulao, is a one pot flavorful rice preparation with sweet and tangy cranberries and crunchy Walnuts.
Today I am here with a very simple, easy and a flavourful rice preparation, Walnut and Cranberry Pilaf/Pulao.
I came across Walnut and Cranberry Rice Pilaf recipe few days back, when I was searching and finalizing the dishes for Mega Blogging Marathon. For the letter W. I had 2-3 dishes in mind, Wild Rice, Whole Moong Khichdi or Whole Wheat Khichdi. I came across the recipe for Walnut and Cranberry Rice on Food Network.
How to make Walnut and Cranberry Pilaf/Pulao
I usually add nuts to various Pulao dishes but never used Walnuts in rice. So this I decided to try it. I referred to lot of recipes on internet and then finalized the recipe as per my family's taste.
I used absolutely no spice in this recipe except cumin seeds. The recipes on Internet called for adding walnuts while cooking rice, I roasted walnuts in a separate pan and then added to the cooked rice. The roasted Walnuts add a nice crunch and a distinct aroma to Pulao. This pulao also has bold garlic flavour due to over roasted garlic in butter. Cranberries add a sweet and tangy flavour.
Serving Suggestions for Walnut and Cranberry Pilaf/Pulao
We loved this simple buttery Rice Pilaf with bold garlic flavours and crunchy walnuts and sweet and tangy cranberries. I had planned stir fried broccoli and hot and Sour Tomato Soup for the evening . This flavorful Pilaf paired so well with the Broccoli and soup.
It can also be paired with any vegetarian or non-vegetarian buttery curries like Makhani gravy.
The comforting pulao can be made on special occasions like Diwali parties, Thanksgiving or Christmas Lunch. It is good option for the kids who do not like spicy food. My 7 yr old, loved the crunchy walnuts along with cranberries in pilaf. For Moms it is light and good option for kid's lunch box. You can also add almonds and cashew nuts along with raisins and make it a dry fruit pulao for your little ones.
Recipe Card for Walnut and Cranberry Pulao/Pilaf
Walnut and Cranberry Rice Pulao/Pilaf
- 1 Cup Basmati Rice
- 1-2 tbsp Walnuts
- 1-2 tbsp Cranberry
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds/Jeera
- 1 tsp Butter
- 1 tsp Olive Oil
- 2 Garlic Seeds
- 1/4 Cup Finely Chopped Onions
- 1.5 Cup Water/Vegetable stock
- Salt to taste
- Wash and soak rice for 15-20 minutes in enough water.
- Roast walnuts in a pan till these give nutty aroma. Keep the flame to low.
- In a heavy bottomed pan, add butter and oil.
- Add cumin seeds, when the seeds crackle, add finely chopped/minced garlic. Saute till brown in color. Do not burn garlic.
- Add onions, when onions turn translucent add cranberries and saute for a minute or till cranberries swell up.
- Drain water from rice, and add to the pan. Saute for a minute then add water or stock. Add salt as per required. Mix well, lower the flame and cover the pan, cook rice till done. It takes another 10 minutes to cook rice.
- Cook till water evaporates, check for the doneness of rice.
- Add roasted walnuts and mix lightly. Garnish with chopped parsley or cilantro.
Stepwise Pics to make Walnut Cranberry Pilaf/Pulao
Do try this simple and easy Pulao recipe. This also go well with any tomato based or makhani curry.
Treat your loved ones to this delicious rice preparation that is wholesome, filling and so flavorful.
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This is 23rd in my series of A-Z Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes, that I am taking to Mega Blogging Marathon April '19.
Day 23. W. Walnut and Cranberry Rice
This is an event where I along with a group of fellow bloggers are blogging everyday about Biryani/Pulao/Khichdi dishes this whole April, with Sundays off.
My earlier posts for the event..
Day 1. A.. Aloo Matar Ki Tehri
Day 2. B..Broccoli Mushroom Pulao
Day 3 . C..Chana Dal Khichdi
Day 4. D..Dhaniya Pulao
Day 6. F.. Fresh Mint and Peas Pulao
Day 7. G.. Gatte Ka Pulao
Day 8. H.. Hari Moong Dal Khichdi
Day 9. I.. Iyengar Puliyogare(Instant)
Day 10. J.. Jeera Rice
Day 11. K.. Kashmiri Pulao
Day 12. L.. Lucknowi Veg. Dum Biryani
Day 13. M.. Mixed Veg Pulao
Day 14. N.. No-Onion No-Garlic Kadhai Paneer Pulao
Day 15. O.. Oats and Moong Dal Khichdi
Day 16. P.. Pearl Pulao
Day 17. Q..Quinoa Pulao
Day 18. R.. Rajasthani Kabuli(Jodhpuri Pulao)
Day 19. S.. Spicy Chilli Garlic and Bell Pepper Rice
Day 20. T.. Tomato Corn and Basil Pulao
Day 22. V. Vegetable Biryani in Instant Pot